MEP: Autonomous EU sanctions North Korea send strong signal

Press release
Marietje

European Ministers of Foreign Affairs today imposed additional sanctions against North Korea. Oil exports and investments from the EU to North Korea will be banned and North Koreans will no longer be able to work in Europe. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) has previously called on High Representative Federica Mogherini to prevent money being sent by North Korean slave labourers to North Korea.     

Schaake responds: "When it comes to North Korea, the EU usually follows the sanctions the United Nations imposes. Unfortunately, those sanctions are often watered down by countries such as China. The decision today to impose sanctions in addition to those mandated by the UN send a strong and welcome system from Europe."  

EU mediation

Schaake believes the EU should play a bigger role in negotiations with North Korea. Schaake: "The EU has gained valuable experience by negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran. High Representative Mogherini should now capitalise on these skills and get North Korea and all other actors involved around the table. The situation in North Korea has reached a boiling point and Trump does not hesitate to stoke the fire on a daily basis. A diplomatic intervention by the EU could mean the difference between de-escalation or war."

For more information:

Marietje Schaake: +31 630 37 79 21

Anne Ruth Schussler (press officer) +32 484 20 15 18